my heart goes pitter-pattern...

I'm in love...with a kitchen floor. Like I said before that I love the black and white checked floored, but was afraid it would look cheesy. I think I have found an alternative. :D

Look at this to die for plaid floor! I absolutely love it! Don't you?


ps...what do you think?



So this post has absolutely nothing to do with the house. Katie, my friend that my sister and I use to live with, just had a beautiful bouncing [literaly] baby boy...well not just had him, but I just got the pleasure of meeting him.

 Meet Max. Isn't he handsome?
 He has the biggest eyes that just make you melt.
 The tightest grip with the tiniest hands.
Max & Momma. :)



fancy a shag [rug]...

Bryant and I both seemed to gravitate towards finishing the living room first. It wasn't something we actually talked about, it just kind of...happened. I guess it was because the housewarming party was coming up and we knew that would be on of the main hot spots. So we had the layout for the furniture picked out and had everything in place, but something was missing. We needed a rug. In so many mid century homes [or homes trying to recreate the retro feel] and photos we found had the sheepskin rugs, and neither of us were very crazy on that idea. I mentioned a shag rug, so we started looking at homes that used shag.

We both agreed that we liked that look, now the hard part. Trying to find one that was affordable. Not an easy task. Until one day one of my managers at work asked how the house was coming and I mentioned our dilemma. He directed us to Home Depot where him and his wife just purchased one. So off we went and came home with our new rug. I couldn't help but snap a photo or two of Bryant, he was so impressed at how soft it was. I was sure he was going to sleep on it that night. haha


ps...what's one of your favorite buys?


i saw jimmy...he was pickin fl'rs...

If you have seen the movie "The Secret of Roan Inish" then that line probably sounds familar. I'm talkin to you Chesnut family! :D 

Anyway...so Grandmother and Grandfather just moved up from London to Lexington in the beginning of May, and I know everyone in the family agrees with me in saying that I am so excited about it! Their new house had 3 lonely flower boxes in the front, Rebecca and I decided they needed some love. So one afternoon before Grandmother and Grandfather moved up, Rebecca, Bryant, and I did a little gardening.

 This little guy helped me. :p
 Bryant was the only one who could reach the middle flower box. 
[which was also the biggest flower box too. haha]
Rebecca hard at work.
Makin it rain.

 Even though the whole day was very fun, the best moment of the day was probably this:
When looking for the proper tool, Bryant couldn't think of what it was called. So he just acted it out! haha Rebecca and I definitely got a good laugh, and of course I made him take a picture like that with the tool he needeed in his other hand.



Toys in the attic

As you may remember, after a dusty trip to the attic we came back down sneezing but not empty handed. This is the Dinky Toys model #113 an M.G.B. "sports car" that I found in a cobweb filled box. I was pretty excited to find the car which was burried a bit deeper than its original packaging. Unfortunately it is missing it's little plastic driver and the windscreen. This model was sold from 1962-69 so it's almost as old as the house! One of the neatest things about this car for me is the history of Dinky Toys. A British company that was a precursor for American companies like Hot Wheels and Matchbox who's toys consumed a great deal of my childhood along with Micro Machines. But most importantly I can't help but wonder where the little boy who was playing with this is now and what happened to the little plastic driver.

Do any of you have any interesting toys from your childhood?



us vs. grout...

Like I mentioned before, Bryant and I decided to do what little work needed to be done in the half bath. We quickly learned that everything is not how it seems. haha I really wanted to clean the grout because it was looking really dingy and even black in some areas. Ew! So we got some grout cleaner and I got to scrubbin. However, after awhile of scrubbing with absolutely no results, I started getting really frustrated. So Bryant swooped in and scrubbed for awhile. But no dice. Bryant started to get frustrated as well, all that elbow grease for nothing!

He decided he would scrape up a little piece of grout to see how far down the grout was dirty. And what does he find? They used grey colored grout on the bathroom floor. No wonder we weren't getting anywhere! It was a relief and a pain all at the same time. [Physical pain for Bryant...he got sick because of the cleaners. :( ] We are trying to decide between regrouting the floor tile, but can't make a decision. Suggestions?

I believe this was our second or third batch of cleaner.

Bryant did try scrubbing the grout on the walls in the bathroom, and thank goodness they were done with white grout! They look great now!


half bath refresher...

About two weeks ago Bryant and I decided we were going to do a little work on the half bathroom attached to the master bedroom. We both loved it and it didn't need much work, so we figured we could go ahead and get one room checked off the list.

The main thing we wanted to do was paint. It was a taupe-y color that neither of us really liked, and since that bathroom is so small we wanted it to feel a little bigger and brighter. So we painted it the whitest of whites we could find. And WOW did it make a difference. The oh-so-cute green tile really pops now! 

We also removed an awkward cabinet from about the toilet. 
So Bryant was filling the holes from that.

Bryant hard at work.
I would like to mention that I do do some of the work! Bryant is the main model because I'm the one taking pictures! haha I swear I'm not working him to death.



let the celebration begin...

Yesterday was Bryant's 28th birthday. So our day went a little something like this...

  I got up early to make stuffed french toast with fresh off the vine strawberries before Bryant went to work. [Thanks to Bryant's mom and aunt!]
And how adorable is this little guy! I couldn't bare to eat him.
This is what Bryant saw when he came into the living room. The beginnings of a bar for the living room with a print hanging above it reading "a couple that drinks together, stays together."
Bryant has wanted some nice bourbon glasses for awhile, so I got these and a vintage decanter and had them engraved. The glasses say "His" and "Hers" and the decanter says "Ours". And of course I had to get a nice bottle of bourbon to fill the decanter. ;p
The bunting was actually Bryant's birthday card! Each of the flags had a little something written on the inside for him to read.
He was so cute when reading his card. :D
After he got his presents, we got ready and went out to eat at Onizim's as Bryant requested.
I think he had a good time...I know I did. :D



ohhhh myyyyy gossssshhh...

Today is Bryant's 28th birthday! And what better way to show someone you love them than posting photos of them as babies for the whole blogging world to see!

Happy Birthday Bryant!
Bryant in his "attire" ;p
First self portrait of himself.
 Bryant and his younger brother, Brandon.
 Can you say baller? haha
And my personal fave...Bryant in his "Justin Timberlake" stage.
[I feel like I should clarify, because he will mention it later...
but he didn't try to look like Justin, but people just told him he looked like Justin.]

Thanks to Beverly [Bryant's mom] for the fantastic supply of photos! ;p


ps...more photos from today to come!


new neighbors...

I came home to have lunch with Bryant one day, and while sitting at the dining room table Bryant squealed. [A very manly squeal, obviously...haha] When I asked what was wrong he just pointed out the window. I turned around to look, but was a little confused because all I saw was my car sitting out front. He told me to just wait, so I did. And what came out from behind the car just a few seconds later...

Guaahh!! It was by far one of the cutest things I have ever seen! There were about 8-10 little baby ducklings waddling right on momma's heals. I love the neighborhood! haha




First off, I feel that I should appologize for slacking off and not blogging. We both have been working more and have had a couple projects we have been working on. But that just means more blog post in the near furture. ;P

Now on to the blog...

The apartment we had was not in a bad neighborhood, however the people living in the apartments and surround apartments were a bit shady. Bloody fights in the hallway at  3:30 am...people having big mean dogs that they couldn't even control...the only security the apartment building offered being broken...the list goes on. On my last venture to the apartment, I felt it neccesary to snap these quick pictures.

The doors coming into the building has a "security" lock. Can you guess the code? 
*I'll give you a hint...its only one number, four times in a row. Take that Da Vinci!

My favorite part of this passive aggressive note is the "until/if" part. haha

Ooooh soooo glad to be out of that place! [More blogs to come...promise!]


Sooo...the apartment we just moved from, someone was shot there two nights ago. Wow. So glad to be out of there!